Medicines and Health

The Lothian Joint Formulary (LJF) provides guidance on the prescribing of medicines within general practice and hospitals in NHS Lothian.

The LJF offers guidance to your GP and hospital doctor to help them select the most appropriate medicine for your condition. It aims to promote safe, effective and economical prescribing. The medicines included are the most tried and trusted available and will provide the best treatment for the majority of patients.

The Patient Zone of the LJF provides information leaflets produced by NHS Lothian and links to websites from NHS and other sources that can help you to find out more information about your health and medicines.

The LJF information leaflet  explains what the formulary is and how it benefits patients.

Decisions on medicines are made by the Formulary Committee, which is a sub-committee of the NHS Lothian Board Area Drug and Therapeutics Committee (ADTC). The Formulary Committee looks at recommendations made by the Scottish Medicines Consortium (SMC) and makes decisions on the  use of medicines within NHS Lothian. These decisions can be found in the New Drug Decisions pages of the LJF website.

This information leaflet explains the processes that medicines go through before NHS staff can routinely prescribe them.

Last Reviewed: 14/06/2016